I have never been to Washington. It's on my list and hopefully we get to go there next year. It's the centre of political power of the US and in parts also of the world, which makes it super interesting for anyone dedicating their life to politics, communications and making change.
Well, at the moment, the political landscape in the US is not so inspiring. It's rather frightening. To be honest it is a disgrace to see how values like democracy, liberty and freedom - be it media freedom, women's right to decide over the own body, everybody's right to health care etc - are challenged an even trying to be controlled. This is when it's even more important than ever that the EU sticks together and defends those values, that we all should be able to take for granted.
As if I can't get enough of the political game, I recently watched Borgen, the Danish political drama television series, where Birgitte Nyborg becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark. It's fictive, but its story is realistic, the characters are multi-dimensionally human and the world is not so far from my own world up in the wing of the European Parliament.. Involving a journalist, press officer and the Prime Minister itself, I was caught from the first moment. Seeing the failure of Sweden electing a female Prime Minister - although we have had a lot of competent candidates, as well as the US, with Hillary Clinton losing the presidency although she got more votes. If you haven't watched this series of three season. Do it!
After that I gave House of Cards a try (the American version), and I liked it in the beginning, but after the journalist got killed, pushed in front of a train in the metro, I left it. It had become too unrealistic, exaggerated, brutal and dark. Well, with Trump it is more of an uninspiring satire of reality.
I left the series for the West Wing. Yes, this series of six seasons is definitely way more worth my time!. It is a progressive, more intelligent and fair series that I can relate to and that inspires me to become even sharper and smarter in my job. Needless to say, the Press Secretary CJ Craig is of course my favourite character. Who wouldn't wish they were her with her sense of humour and competence and who isn't afraid to speak her mind and challenge the system? Although I at the same time wish they would have given her a few more female features and made her less exposed to the traditional patriarchal traditions. Despite tv show being nearly over one decade old, it's as much relevant to the world we live in today, as we lived in then, which makes it more relevant than ever. And I like how it focuses on the actual political governing instead of plotting and conspiracies.
What inspiring political series do you watch? Any recommendations for me?